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>> i need a great deal. >> do it now. >> i'm never flying again. news 4 continues right now at 5:00 a.m. jets were scrambling to intercept a u.s. passenger flight. did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performa e performance? >> wre. >> lance armstrong comes clean about why he used performance-enhancing drugs. good morning everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for friday, january 18, 2013. you won't need to shovel snow before leaving for work but you will have to bundle up. we're dealing with cold temperatures right now and the wind isn't making things feel any warmer. looks like we dodged a bullet from the big mess here in the washington area. take a look at this snowy mess in richmond, virginia. they're waking up to almost 5 inches of snow there. thousands of people lost power. appalachian power out in the western part of virginia reporting more than 70,000
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customers without power. dominion reports about 2500 customers in the dark. meteorologist tom kierein is here. tom, what can we expect now that the snow missed us? >> it tracked 50 miles south and drew in drier air. the snow fell across central, southern virginia and around ocean city. it's ended there now. we're getting a few scattered flurries north and west of washington. right now in northern prince george's, southeastern howard county getting a few flurries as it carroll and frederick and parts of washington county. they're tending to dry out. these are the snow totals from last evening and yesterday afternoon. a dusting to an inch to near charlottesville. the amounts ramped up farther south and east. 2 to 6 inches there. the heaviest amounts were southwest of virginia into western north carolina. 8 to 14 inches of heavy wet snow there. right now, temperatures are above freezing much of the region we're in the mid 30s. winds are gusting around 20 miles an hour. hour by hour through the day
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today, not much of a warmup. temperatures only reaching upper 30s by early afternoon. we'll have lots of sunshine. bit of a blustery wind, too. i'm back in ten minutes with a look at your friday evening planner. now a look at traffic with danella. good morning. >> good morning. we're going to head this time down i-95 southbound. as you make your way near dumfries road. disabled vehicle blocking the right shoulder lane in that area. so not bad at all. i want to show you what your volume is like. very light. just stick to the left and you'll be fine working your way around that. northbound i-95 clear there as well. over this time to 66. fairfax county parkway heading eastbound as well as westbound. thank you, danella. it's 5:03. the fall from grace is complete. one of the most revered athletes, lance armstrong is publicly admitted that he cheated during almost his entire career. >> in all seven of your tour de france victories, did you ever take banned substances or blood
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dope? >> yes. >> armstrong came clean during an exclusive interview with oprah winfrey last night. he said he was part of a doping generation and taking performance-enhancing drugs was creating a level playing field. ultimately, he built a lie that he could not control. >> the story was so perfect for so long. and i mean that as i try to take myself out of situation and i look at it. you overcome the disease, you win the tour de france seven times, of a happy marriage, you have children. it's this mythic perfect story. >> yes. >> it wasn't true. >> the u.s. anti-doping agency says that armstrong's admission was a good first step. but if he wants to correct his mistakes, he needs to testify under oath. shortly after that interview, armstrong's cancer foundation, live strong, released a statement reading in part "we are disappointed by the news that lance armstrong misled people during and after his
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cycling career including us. lance apologized to our staff and we accepted his apology in order to move on and chart a strong, independent course. lance is no longer on the foundation's board but he is our founder. we will always be grateful to him for creating and helping to build a foundation that served millions struggling with cancer." coming up later on the "today" show, an exclusive interview with the ceo of live strong. plus matt lauer sits down with tyler hamilton at 7:00 today on nbc4. in an ex louis sif, a 16 clear old girl talks about being attacked on her way to the bus stop and how she managed to break free. she was going to catch the bus near lourd he is drive and hickory drive in ft. washington. she noticed a man staring at her and walking in her direction. she then says he asked her for her name and started touching himself and his hands on her. >> he lunged at me and grabbed
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me. i started screaming and kicking. he just like ran. i felt kind of helpless. mentally that will be in my head like for a while. >> if you know anything about the attack, police in prince george's county want to hear from you. >> a former d.c. police officer facing life in prison after being found guilty of murder. 40-year-old richmond phillips was convicted yesterday of killing his mistress and leaving their baby in a hot car to die. it took a jury 90 minutes to reach that verdict. 20 we're old wynetta wright and 11-month-old jaylin were killed in may of 2011. prosecutors say phillips, who was married, lured wright and her baby to the hillcrest heights rec center and killed thoer avoid a paternity and child support hearing. we could know by the end of the year who gets to build a casino inrince george's county. the maryland commission in charge of awarding a casino license will call for proposals at the end of this month. those proposals could be due in may and the decision could be
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made no later than the end of the year. mgm resorts will likely submit a proposal to build the casino. penn national has not decided whether it will go after the license. it is going to be a long couple of days for crews getting the national mall ready for monday's inauguration. they're about to start laying a plastic cover on the mall's newly planted grass. that plastic will protect the grass from the hundreds of thousands of people who will watch president obama take the oath of office. the park service spent $16 million to replace mall's battered grass. crews will spend today and tomorrow laying down that plastic covering. driving downtown will nearly be impossible on monday. most streets near the parade route and the mall will be closed for much of the day. that includes independence avenue from 14th street to second street in northeast and constitution avenue from 17th street northwest to second street northeast. make nbc4 your home for
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inauguration coverage. "news4 today" will begin at 4:00 a.m. on monday morning. we'll be live from capitol hill to preview the day's events and you can check out our inauguration guide on nbcwashington.com. everything you need to know. >> that's right. important to get up early to plan your day, right? >> right. we'll be here. early. >> 5:07 is the time right now. new jersey governor chris christie has choice words for the nra. also ahead, the phone call that had fighter jets scrambling to catch up with a seattle bound passenger jet. a firefighter finds himself in need of help after an unexpected obstacle sends him scrambling. you may not have to scrape snow off your car, but you need your winter coat. as we go to break, an inauguration history fact for you. in 1923, vice president calvin coolidge took the oath of office at his father's house in vermont following the death of president warren harding. coolidge's father was a notary public
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caught on tape. a russian firefighter trying to rescue a family from a burning building gets pummeled by snow and ice. take a look at this. you can see the man climb the ladder to reach the people who are desperate to get out. suddenly that huge mound of snow and ice fell off the building, sent the firefighter down the ladder apiece there. you see that. the man somehow managed to hold
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on as his fellow firemen rushed up to help him. they ended up rescuing a family and officials say the firefighters were not hurt. >> hard to watch. >> it's amazing. he hit it hard, too. look at that. >> he held on. glad that was a good ending. 5:11. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. meteorologist tom kierein here with the cold day. tom sm. >> that near miss winter storm unloaded tons of snow in southern, central virginia. a few scattered flurries north and west. in pennsylvania, many locations teens and the cold air will be filtering in on a blustery northwest wind. we're in the mid and upper 30s. we'll stay in the 30s the rest of the day. the wind gusting to 30 miles an hour. then, after we get to the latter part of the afternoon into the early evening, the wind diminish. clear tonight. it will be cold, near 30 near midnight. seven-day outlook in ten minutes. danella with a look at traffic. starting with the rails taking metro marc vre, they're running on time.
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i-95 southbound. this is near dumfries road. the earlier disabled vehicle is out of the roadway. travel lanes are open. 270, nice and clear here. no issues between clarksburg and the beltway. you're issue-free. aaron and eun. thank you, ma'am. it's 5:12. 37 degrees. new developments during the night in the effort to rescue americans held hostage in algeria. the surprising stunt a virginia law
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i'm melissa mollet at the live desk. this is just in. the militants in algeria holding hostages inside that natural gas plant are promising to carry out more operations, this is according to a local news agency. a short time ago a u.s. plane
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landed at an airport near there to evacuate some americans. many hostages are still unaccounted for. kidnappers stormed the facility taking dozens of hostages. some have escaped since then, others still unaccounted for as i mentioned. at least six were killed when algerian troops attempted to rescue the hostages on tuesday. the foreign secretary said this remains and fluid investigation. we'll keep an eye on it for you at the live desk. melissa mollet, news 4. 5:16 now. a developing story out of seattle, washington. the fbi is investigating after receiving a call that a man aboard a flight from hawaii to seattle was a potential hijacker. f-15 jets from the oregon air national guard scrambled to escort that flight to seattle tacoma international. as soon as it landed, officers came aboard and took the unidentified man off the plane. people on board say that despite everything, the flight was uneventful. >> the only thing i saw was when the police came on the arron
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airplane and asked the lady to get up and took him outside. officers questioned the man for hours but say they do not expect to arrest him. it's not clear if the call was legit ma or a hoax. federal investigators in japan to look at one of the boeing 787s forced to make an emergency landing. investigators from the faa and ntsb arrived in western japan early this morning. nearly all of the 787s in use around the world have been grounded because of safety concerns. there have been several incidents including a battery fire, a wiring problem and an issue with a brake computer. boeing is proposing safety measures to address the problems. >> the body of a poisoned lottery winner will be exhumed. urooj khan died in july as he was about to collect $400,000 in lottery winnings. his death was initially ruled natural causes. further toxicology exams,
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though, led to the conclusion that the former dry cleaning businessman was poisoned. cyanide was found in his system. police are hoping an autopsy today will produce more evidence. investigators looking into one of hollywood's infamous deaths, the natalie wood drowning. police have not been able to get ahold of robert wagner, woods' husband at the time of her death. police interviewed 100 people since reopening the investigation in 2011 but wagner has refused to speak. his lawyers say he's cooperated for 30 years and has nothing more to say. woods' death was recently changed from an accidental drowning to drowning caused by undetermined factors. the colorado movie theater where a gunman opened fire last summer is open again. victims and their families attended a private ceremony last night at the denver area theater where 12 people were killed and dozens of others wounded. police and other first responders were also there last night. colorado's governor called last night's ceremony one step on the path to healing. several victims' families, though, boycotted the event.
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they called it akal us p.r. ploy by the theater's owners. are the president's kids more important than yours? why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their schools? >> new jersey governor chris christie is blasting the nra foor this controversial ad. the republican governor says it's reprehensible to bring president obama's daughters into the gun control debate. christy says all public figure's children should be left out of political attacks. a controversial proposal to put guns in virginia schools now sits with school safety task forces. a committee deferred the bill to that panel. the legislation would authorize one person in every school to carry a concealed weapon. the school safety task force expected to make recommendations before the general assembly adjourns next month. one delegate says the state should move quickly to approve the bill. >> the more we delay, every day
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we expose children to this circumstance of being slaughtered -- >> those against the bill say firearms in schools, especially with small children could set up a dangerous scenario. >> one lawmaker's dramatic prop sparked a new debate over guns in richmond. richmond area democrat joe morrissey brought an ak-47 into the house chamber. a picture of him with the weapon is making the round on twitter this morning. morrissey was trying to urge other lawmakers to vote in favor of banning sales of assault rifles. a panel ended up voting that down. other lawmakers scolded morrissey for improperly handling the weapon. he assured his colleagues the weapon was not loaded. maryland's governor is slated to propose a bill today to make it easier to cast a vote in maryland. according to the washington post, governor martin o'malley will push for a bill to expand early voting and to allow maryland residents to register to vote and vote on the same
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day. the gop has long fought against similar measures. they say it opens the door to voter fraud. you'll recall in november a lot of voters in maryland waited in line for hours to cast their ballots. coming up on 5:21 now on this friday morning. we dodged a bullet with the snow. if you're not a snow lover. if you are, then, sorry. >> we're still waiting. >> but it is still wintry cold out there. let's check in with tom. >> we snow lovers have been crying hot tears of despair owl winter long. yesterday we had a near miss. that storm, this is what it looked like at 11:20 last night. it was snowing in the northern neck. southeastern virginia and on the eastern shore. heavy snow rolled across central and southern virginia yesterday afternoon and evening. now long gochblt we'ne. we're getting a few scattered flurries. in the area around southeast washington maybe getting a few flurries. colder air moving in near freezing. in the mid to upper 30s most of virginia and maryland.
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we're going to stay in the 30s the rest of the day with the winds gusting to around 30 miles an hour. that's going to begin to pick up by later this morning and by middle of the afternoon. then clear and cold tonight. will be down near 30 by midnight and by dawn on saturday down to the mid 20s. and during the day saturday, bright and sunny. highs only reaching the mid-40s during the afternoon with a lighter wind. bit of a blustery wind developing on sunday. increasing clouds, 20s in the morning. afternoon highs upper 40s. mostly cloudy sunday night and on inauguration day. during the day, inauguration day, perhaps during the afternoon there might be a passing snow shower. and it will be cold with highs only in the mid and upper 30s. then turning colder. an arctic frigid air mass moves in on tuesday into wednesday and thursday. in fact, by dawn wednesday may be down to near 10 degrees. extremely dry weather. in fact, some locations may be below zero out in the mountains. it does look like tuesday night
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into wednesday morning. so be prepared for an arctic blast moving in mid-week next week. i'm back in ten minutes. danella a look at traffic now. good morning. >> good morning. in our area, checking for accidents. so far, we're accident-free. let's talk about the dulles toll road. earlier this morning, eastbound at reston parkway, right lane was blocked by construction. that's done. travel lanes are open east and west on the dull else toll road. talk about the outer beltway. saw this between the dulles toll road and 123. that construction has the right side of the roadway blocked. it's also dpon. as you make your way on the outer loop towards the interchange, your travel lanes are open in both directions but speeds from the dulles toll road takes you 13 minutes to the interchange. over to the rails, a minor delay. nothing to sweat your brow about. brunswick trains five minute. aaron and eun. thank you, dannelldanella.
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more than 100 escalators are about to be repaired or replaced. $51 million is being spent to modernize escalators across the system. work should be completed by 2020. to see if the metro station near you is affected, we have a complete list at nbcwashington.com and search escalators. toyota settled the first of several wrongful death and injury lawsuits filed over its car's acceleration problems. they reached a deal on a suit filed by the families of two people who were killed when the camrys slammed into a wall in utah in 2010. neither side is disclosing the terms of the settle am. toyota is facing hundreds of other lawsuits stemming from accelerator and brake problems with recalls of 14 million vehicles. sports illustrated writer who interviewed manti te'o about his fictitious girlfriend said he missed red flags. there's a transcript on the s.i. website. the writer includes a retrospective saying there were clues te'o's story didn't add
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up. he said te'o was not confident when he talked about meeting lennay kekua. there was no evidence of her existence on lexus nexus or stanford where she allegedly went to college. he did not make a public statement yesterday as he was scheduled to do. the national and drew store yen reached an agreement. they will pay him $2.5 million this season. storen was eligible for salary arbitration if the two sides couldn't come to an agreement. he missed more than half of last season because of an elbow injury. he finished the season as the national closer but his role may change this season. the nats just signed former yankee closer, rafael soriano to a two-year deal. we're a day away from the caps taking the ice. it seems like fans aren't letting the lockout linger. thousands of fans rocked the red for an open practice at the verizon center. it was a special event to get d.c. pumpedor hockey again.
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players say the show of support meant a lot especially after a long off season. >> it's crazy. i don't think it surprised anyone here though. we know how great of a hockey city this is and how well our fans support us. not only just with attendance but with their positive energy that they bring every night. that's a huge thing. it's best it doesn't go unnoticed. they kick off the season tomorrow. the first home game is tuesday against the winnipeg jets. great to see. >> awesome that people showed up like that last night. >> not surprised, though. we have loyal caps fans. coming up this morning, the race against the clock. a look at the work that still needs to be done as crews scramble to get ready for the president's inauguration. why eating a few extra helpings of fruits and vegetables could help you every day. put a smile on your face, aaron. >> i do the fruits. the snow is gone. the winter weather remains. your cold blustery forecast next with weather a
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at 5:29. the supplies are in place and major work is close to getting under way at the national mall. what they're doing today and what to expect from the president's inauguration speech. >> lance comes clean. ahead at 5:45. how the cycle great's charity is reacting to his decision. >> millions of people are digging out. up to 14 inches of snow fell in
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spots in virginia. none of that snow fell around here, though. we're lucky for that. at least for those who are snow lovers. good morning to you and welcome back to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. i'm aaron gilchrist. snow lovers waking up saying dude, what happened? people want to know. the sky overhead pretty clear even though it may not look like winter, it still feels like it this morning. a chilly, chilly start. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here. >> one of the most difficult things to do in natural science, forecasting winter storms. we came close. it drew in cold rair. but going back over the last hours, heavy snow western north carolina, southern central virginia. ocean city just after midnight. getting a few scattered flurries now passing through northern prince george's county into anne arundel. farther north and west getting a few scattered flurries as well as in frederick. how much snow fell?
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a dusting to an inch or two. parts of the northern neck near charlottesville. they got 2 to 6 inches of snow in southeastern and southern virginia and southwestern virginia got 8 to as much as 14 inches of snow there. temperatures now cold, in the mid to upper 30s most of the region. the wind picking up a bit too. winds will increase throughout the day. gusting to 30 miles per hour through midday and early afternoon. we'll stay in the 30s throughout the day. i'm back with your friday evening planner in ten minutes. a look at traffic now with danella. good morning. >> good morning. still pretty quiet out. happy friday to you. if you're about to head on the roadway and take 395, nice and clear. a live look as you make your commute past edsall road. very light volume northbound as well as southbound. clear to the 14th street bridge. making the trip into the district. no issues at all. good news on the rails. a minor delay on the marc train.
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it's now gone. metro vre as well running on schedule. danella. thank you. the national mall is about o get a temporary makeover ahead of the inauguration. about an hour from now, crews will begin placing a temporary plastic layer over recently planted grass. the park service just spent $16 million replacing the grass. it doesn't want the hundreds of thousands of people in town for the inauguration to damage it when they pack the mall on monday. crews are also putting the finishing touches on the parade route and getting the capitol ready for president obama's second inauguration. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with more. tracie, good morning. >> extra seating, extra space, lots going on here at the capitol. good morning everyone. they're putting the final shine this weekend on washington, ready to accept and greet 600,000 to 800,000 visitors. that's less than half from four years ago but still requiring a massive undertaking. the mall is being transformed to america's stage. it's the stage where the president on monday will take
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the oath of office for the second time. he's doing it officially and privately at the white house on sunday. then he'll do it again on monday in addition to giving a speech that analysts say should be short on politics and long on a message that really brings people together. not so much a political speech. secret service has 100 work stations throughout the area. 42 different agencies working to keep the mall and the parade route and the white house secure. eun? tracie potts live on capitol hill for us this morning. tracie, thank you. it may be affordable to take a cab to the inauguration. you can share a taxi on monday. you'll have to get the cab from a special pickup location at 17th and independence avenue in southeast d.c. near rfk stadium. he'll be dropped near the parade route. taxis must be carrying four passengers. it will cost you $28. make nbc4 your home for
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inauguration day. "news4 today" will begin at 4:00 a.m. on monday. eun and i will be live on capitol hill to preview the day's events. you can check out our inauguration guide at nbcwashington.com. an unprecedented move from president obama's political organization. it's going to be to become a nonprofit group. the official announcement will be made later today. it will be called organizing for america. it will use a support and energy that got the president re-elected to further his second term agenda, like gun control and immigration. obama 2012 campaign manager jim messina will head the committee. it will be separate from the democratic national committee. hillary clinton will step down as america's top diplomat with a 69% approval rating. that's according to a wall street journal nbc poll. only 25% surveyed say they disapprove of her performance as secretary of state. secretary clinton is widely seen as the early favorite to get the democratic nod for president in 2016. president obama has tapped senator john kerry as the next
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secretary of state. lawmakers in maryland have come up with a compromise in legislation over who is responsible for injuries from dangerous dogs. it would impress the impact of last year's court ruling that pit bulls are inherently dangerous. that decision made pet owners and landlords liable for dog attacks. new law clarifies responsibility and would apply to all breed, not just pit bulls and landlords would only be liable if they know or should have known that a dangerous dog was being housed on their property. the original author of the dear abby advice column has died. funeral services were held yesterday for abigail vanburen. she died wednesday after a long battle with alzheimer's disease. she was 94. giving good advice runs in the family. for decades her column competed with the advice of ann landers, written by her twin sister esther. esther died in 2002ment they were on good terms. the dear abby column has been
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written by her daughter jean for nine years. 5:35 is our time. the first lady debuts a new look on her birthday. big yard, a lot of selling points for the white house. how much the most famous home in america is worth. >> we didn't get snow but the cold is coming. weather and traffic on the 1s just ahead. next, if you woke up on the wrong side
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in news 4 for your health. reason to smile. your parents told you that eating fruits and vegetables make you stronger. turns out they might make you happier too. a harvard study asked people to fill out a survey and provide a blood sample. people with higher levels of a compound found in fruits and vegetables are more optimistic. the happiest people had seven servings a day. like we need more reason to eat fruits and vegetables. important, good for your body, outlook on life. >> eat kiwi or some grapes. >> don't forget the vegetables, asparagus, spinach, brussel sprouts, broccoli. are there any vegetables you like to eat? >> lima beans, would you believe that? >> they're not a vegetable.
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do you like anything green sf. >> green beans. >> there you go. >> collard greens. >> there we go. >> ice cream is also good. >> ice cream. green ice cream. >> i'm just saying ice cream makes you happy. >> that certainly is true. let's check the forecast. meteorologist tom kierein is telling us about the cold weather out there. tom? >> we snow lovers are not happy. we've been burying our faces in the crying towel since yesterday. there's capitol hill under a clearing sky. live view from the nbc4 hd city camera. approaching 5:41 on this friday morning. this is what it looked like 12 hours ago. the radar showing heavy snow western north carolina into eastern tennessee, southwestern virginia and just west of richmond. then during the day, that heavy snow rolled across central and southern virginia, even went as far north as salisbury and ocean city. now it's clearing out. we have a few scattered flurries north and west of the metro area. much farther north and west in pennsylvania, it's only in the teens to near 20 degrees.
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winds are coming in out of the north and west. going to tap that cold air. much of western maryland, only in the mid 20s. closer to washington, in the mid and upper 30s now. we're going to stay in the 30s through the rest of the day. out in the mountains, may be around freezing for the rest of the day. we'll have the wind gusting to around 30 miles an hour. highs only reaching upper 30s mid afternoon and overnight, if you're heading out for this friday evening, clear but cold down near 30 by midnight and the winds will, thankfully diminish. a look at the weekend and a frigid pattern next week. that's in ten minutes. danella has a look at traffic now. good morning. >> good morning. it's friday. it's still early and if you have to head out of the house this early, the good news is very light volume all in our area. really around the beltway you can see all of the major arteries as well. light volume. no reports of accidents in the roadway right now. we'll take a closer look. d.c. 295 as you make your way
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from anacostia to the beltway. no issues to report. let's head to the district. checking cameras in d.c. again, nice and clear. here's new york avenue at north capitol street. getting busy. no major delays. traffic is getting by without issues at all. still checking the rails and they're all on time. back in ten minutes. back to you. danella. thank you. >> ahead, an alert where someone tried to grab a girl. lance armstrong's charity with a statement that may surprise you following this. >> all seven of your tour de france victories, did you ever
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15 before the hour now. it took all of a minute for the world to finally find out for
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sure what many had suspected for years. lance armstrong doped for most of his career. armstrong told oprah winfrey in an exclusive interview that he used performance enhancers in not just one but all seven of his tour de france victories. he said it was part of a doping culture and in his view leveled the playing field. >> you said we had one ambition to win the greatest bike race. not to just win once, but to keep on winning it and to win it, you had to keep using banned substances to do it. >> yes. but -- i'm not sure this is an acceptable answer, but that's like saying we have to have air in our tires. or we have to it have water in our bottles. >> armstrong did say that he was not doping when had he made a comeback to the tour in 2010. he placed third that year. following the interview, armstrong's cap certificate foundation, living strong,
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released a statement saying "we are disappointed by the news that lance armstrong misled people during and after his cycling career, including us. lance apologized to our staff and we accepted his apology in order to move on." the ceo of live strong will join the "today" show for an exclusive interview, as will his former teammate, tyler hamilton. that's at 7:00 here on nbc4. the american staff sergeant charged with killing sillians will undergo a full mental health review. robert bales is charged with 16 counts of murder. prosecutors argued that he should not be able to use mental health as a defense without undergoing a full review. a news 4 exclusive now. a 16-year-old girl from prince george's county says a man followed and attacked her while she was walking to the school bus. she was walking near lourdes drive and hickory drive in ft.
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washington yesterday when she noticed a man across the street. she says he was staring at her and started following. he asked for her name, started touching himself and forcefully started touching her. that's when she decided to tight back. >> like i started screaming and kicking. he just like ran because he knew like i wasn't going to let him do anything. i felt kind of helpless. >> the girl was not seriously hurt. if you know anything about the attack, police want o hear from you. guilty, that is the verdict a jury handed down for a former police officer convicted of murder. 40-year-old richmond phillips was found guilty of killing his mistress and leaving their baby to die in a hot car. it took the jury 90 minutes to reach a verdict. 20-year-old wynetta wright and 11-month-old jaylin died. he lured wright and her baby to the hillcrest heights rec center and killed her to avoid a
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paternity and child support hearings. wright's family is overjoyed by the verdict. >> i am so happy that he was found guilty on every count. because he's i liar and a killer. >> god is good. i'm so glad he's found -- i'm so glad they found him guilty. >> phillips now faces life in prison. opening statements expected today in the misconduct trial of anne arundel county executive leopold. he's accused of using police detail for personal and political purposes, including ferrying him to sexual encounters with a mistress in parking lots. he maintains his innocence. he faces up to five years in prison if convicted. the fbi is hoping their move to the suburbs won't cost them a dime. according to the washington examiner, the agency wants to swap the j. edgar hoover building with a property in northern virginia. they say it's prime retail space
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on pennsylvania avenue. prince george's and fairfax counties are frontrunners to house the new headquarters. we're learning more this morning about the plan to build a new casino in prince yornl's county. the baltimore sun reporting the maryland commission in charge of awarding a casino license will call for proposals the end of the month. the proposals could be due in may and the commission could make a decision no later than the end of the year. mgm resorts will likely submit a proposal to build a casino near national harbor. penn national which owns road cross raceway has not decided whether it will go after the license. let's take a live picture in north carolina. this is canton, north carolina, which is about two years west of charlotte. there's snow on president ground. snow-covered cars. so this storm came very close to hitting us. and we kind of missed out on the snow. i'm not disappointed. but i know there are snow lovers, including my children who are waiting for the snow to come. >> including tom kierein and most meteorologists like to have variety in their winter, right? >> yeah.
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you know the storms are maddening to try to predict. they're one. most difficult things in all of the science to predict, winter storm. no matter all the sophisticated computer models. the best educated meteorologist, still mother nature has a mind much her own. it tracked about 50 miles farther south than what we were thinking. capitol hill under a clearing sky. 38 at reagan national. a northwest wind at 12 to 15 miles an hour. occasionally gusting to 20 miles per hour. yeah, it feels like winter. there's the storm. it rolled across western north carolina all across southern virginia and central virginia. look at the snow amounts. anywhere from a dusting to an inch in far southern maryland and down toward the northern neck of virginia. and then farther west of there, couple of inches south of charlottesville. but up to 6 inches near richmond and south of there. southeast of there and up to as much as 14 inches in parts of northern -- western part of north carolina and southwestern virginia as much as 8 to 10 to 12 inches fell there.
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it was a close call. just tracked about 50 miles farther south. since then, we've had our sky clear out. a few scattered flurries rolled through from the north and west. we're clearing and we're cold now. temperatures all around the rei don't know are just in the 30s. we're going to stay in the 30s for the rest of the day. cold air way to the south. hour by hour throughout the day, not much of a warmup. at 9:00, maybe mid-30s. by noontime, holding steady between then and 3:00, it may be hovering in the upper 30s. the winds gusting to 30 miles an hour. lots of sun. by 6:00 p.m., back down to the low 30s. then the 20s by dawn on saturday. sunny tomorrow into the mid 40s. not as much wind. a bit of a blustery wind on sunday. sunny in the morning. afternoon highs upper 40s. increasing clouds. looks like late sunday afternoon into sunday night, inauguration day looking mostly cloudy. might get a passing snow shower or flurries. but cold. only in the 30s.
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and much colder. an arctic blast comes in on tuesday into wednesday and thursday. may be as cold as 10 degrees or below 0 out in the mountains on wednesday morning. highs below freezing on tuesday, wednesday, maybe getting above freezing thursday afternoon. i am back in ten minutes. first 4 traffic now with danella. good morning. >> good morning. well, chopper 4 is live over the icc where an accident is blocking the left side of the roadway. this is as you head eastbound toward i-95 just past lake hill road. police are on the scene here. again, that crash is just blocking the left lanes. you are able to get by. just one lane to the right. your volume is still light this morning. but just be aware of that accident. use caution if you're planning to use the icc. over to suitland parkway. silver hill road, a crash in the shoulder lane. your volume, again, on suitland parkway, still light. exercise caution if you're making that commute. checking on bridges in the area.
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the wilson bridge in both directions. volume is picking up. no major delays yet. mo reports of accidents. also, if you're traveling across the american legion bridge, traffic getting by without any issue. taking a look at the key bridge, very quiet. i'm also checking cameras along southeast bridges. no reports of accidents there. i am back in ten minutes. eun, over to you. see you then. danella, thank you. carrying signs and chanting, a group chanted outside of home of kaya henderson. she announced the closing of schools. 15 too many for parents and children affected. henderson says closing the underused building will save $20 million to put back into other programs. protesters say the savings are overstated. closures disproportionately affect minority students. in prince george's county,
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parents are fired up about a plan to move some students to another high school. they're building another oxon hill high school. 500 students could end up at nearby potomac high school next year. the financial crisis and high enrollment at oxon hill forced them to consider moving students. many parents blame poor planning. >> we've got to do a better job of -- to get the pa silts we need. incoming freshman and ninth graders would most likely be transferred to potomac. the school board says it can review other options. a final decision on boundary changes won't happen until february 21st. 5:55 now. this morning, president obama's outgoing money man has a message to the american people. cheer up. cnbc's chashartia brantley has t story and more. >> timothy geithner says americans are too -- he says the
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economy is in the final quarter of recovery from the financial crisis. geithner tells the wall street journal the u.s. was well ahead of other countries in balancing debts, income and cutting leverage and the financial system. geithner says the u.s. has more diversity of strength from high tech to energy and the public should find comfort and optimism in that. here's a reason to be optimistic. mortgage rates are falling back toward record lows. freddie mac says the average rate dipped to 3.38% from 3.4% last week. the 30-year average of 3.6% in 2012 was the lowest annual average in 65 years. guys, cheaper mortgages are a major reason the housing market has been bouncing back. many economists believe the recovery was strengthened throughout the year. >> shartia brantley. thank you. now to a house that, it had a mortgage, the monthly payment
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would be more than a million dollars. talk about a prime piece of real estate. the white house is worth nearly $300 million. zillow released its calculation of how much the white house would cost if it were on the market. this year, the house at 1600 pennsylvania avenue is valued at $294.9 million. that includes 55,000 square feet, 35 bathrooms, 16 bedrooms and 18 acres of prime real estate. zillow also calculated how much the obamas could get if they rented out the white house. that's about -- i'm choked up on this. $1.75 million for rent for the white house. >> a lot of money. president obama. >> couple islands. president obama and the first lady left the white house to celebrate the first lady's 49th birthday in georgetown. they dined with friends at cafe milano last night. she sent out a tweet thanking everybody for the wishes.
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she debuted a new hairstyle in time for the inauguration. the white house released this photo with her new
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